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5 Ways to Value a Youth Ministry Volunteer’s Time

by Aaron Helman Posted in ColumnsArticlesAdviceFeatured ArticleHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolProgrammingTrainingYouth Worker Development

Your volunteers are busy people just like you. They have families and jobs and their own relationships with God. After juggling all of those things, they still manage to help you lead a thriving ministry. My guess is you want them to continue to do that for quite some time. The fastest way to drive away good volunteers is to waste their time. That's why you need to be intentional about making sure you don't.


The Trust Business

by Youth Specialtie Posted in ColumnsYouth Worker Development

By Adam McLane  Have you ever been bitten by a sheep? I have. Of course, by sheep I mean a church member so for any farmers who might read this we're talking about church members as sheep. In my first full-time ministry experience I trusted that the church leaders would tell the truth and share their expectations up front. More importantly, I hoped that these same leaders would help me not get bitten by mean-spirited sheep who wanted to test a new shepherd. 


Success Matters

by Youth Specialtie Posted in ColumnsYouth Worker Development

That title might turn a lot of people off. So, let me state the hypothesis of this right away: God cares greatly that you and your ministry are succesful. He wants to see you be great. He wants you to succeed in the position in which He has placed you.


Double The Refreshment: Philemon 4-7

by Patti Gibbons Posted in ColumnsYouth Worker Development

By Patti Gibbons  As I write, the Easter season marathon has just ended; the most joyful of holy days, the lynch-pin remembrance of the Christian faith.  I have no doubt that we all marked the day with worship and family, and probably some excellent food. Just as surely, I have no doubt that we're tired this week - perhaps both exhilarated and exhausted.


Breathe Life: Ephesians 2:1-5

by Youth Specialtie Posted in ColumnsYouth Worker Development

By Adam McLane  A lot of people struggle to describe youth ministry's value to a local church. You hear people say things that make youth workers cringe. Statements like, "It's so nice to see the youth serving adults." "Can the youth come to my house and rake leaves?" My personal favorite is, "It's so good to see the future of our church secure." I could go on but I'm sure you get the idea.


The Importance Of Nomads; Hebrews 11:8

by Youth Specialtie Posted in ColumnsYouth Worker Development

By Adam McLane  This past week my family moved. I have a love-hate relationship with packing up everything I own and moving it to a new location. I can say from experience, it is a major pain in the rear-end. At the same time we love moving! In almost 12 years of marriage we have moved 8 times. If moving was a sin, my life would be a great illustration of Romans 7, wouldn't it? We do what we hate to do and we aren't quite sure why! 


Your Time In History - 1 Cor 15:58

by Youth Specialtie Posted in ColumnsYouth Worker Development

By Adam McLane  The first time I took a full time youth ministry job I was understandably excited about having an office in a church. True to form, the first day of work I was introduced to the church secretary and shown my new office. As Judy opened the door…Read More


Your Time Is Now - Luke 22:14-16

Posted in ColumnsYouth Worker Development

By Adam McLane  When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of…Read More


Be Quirky! Jeremiah 1:5

by Youth Specialtie Posted in ColumnsYouth Worker Development

By Adam McLane My family goes to a small multi-ethnic church plant in the most diverse area of San Diego. It's a funny mix of yuppies, college students, and immigrants from 60 language groups around the world. It's one of those places in life that shouldn't work, because logically those people shouldn't worship together, but in our context it works and is beautiful. 


Disappoint Someone: Luke 8

by Youth Specialtie Posted in ColumnsYouth Worker Development

By Adam McLane  On a recent drive home I came to a very important conclusion. Just about everything I do disappoints someone, somehow.When I tell my kids that I have to go to a meeting and can't play Wii with them, I disappoint my kids. When we recently moved across the…Read More


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